November 21st .  Bryan raised a point that he had been considering. “Why is it that we most often think of “poor widows?” Do we not make proper provision for the time when one of us is going to be left?  I have tried to do my homework and make sure that while I am never going to be rich I will be able to look after myself in my old age.” Others contributed. “My pension is always used up to look after the grandchildren and even the children borrow money from me.”  “Nowadays in most cases the time has gone when the family will look after their elders. Sometimes they’re put into an old age home and just left there.”  “I am proud to say that although I have never been very well-off I am happy in my little cottage because the children visit regularly and I have many friends  too.  If I can bring some sunshine into their lives I feel richly blessed.”

Scripture: “This poor widow has put in more than all of them. They contribute out of their abundance but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had. Luke 21:1-4   Pope Francis:  After the grieving process we have to help the person to realise that after the loss of a loved one, we still have a mission to carry out and that it does us no good to prolong the suffering. AL 255. The earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor.  We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.   LS 2